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 16 Apr 2010

The European season is hotting up - the Grade One Hyères regatta is next, with the New York to Barcelona boys arriving soon. Match Race France was probably the best ever.

Here is all the latest news from Europe and the World.

The Sail-World Team

Hublot Palma Vela - Artemis wins first race
Paul Cayard,
Artemis is in Palma racing in her first TP52 regatta of the 2010 season. The Palmavela event is not part of the Audi MedCup circuit, but it is an opportunity to test the boat after the winter modifications.... [more]
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New York to Barcelona – Week two, small miles dropped by W Hotels
One week into the New York Barcelona Transoceanic Record challenge and the next two days look set to bring the most testing sailing conditions of the passage so far with wind gusting to 40 knots, especially this afternoon and into Friday.... [more]
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TP52's get their first workout under new rule at Hublot PalmaVela
Artemis Racing and Sail-World,
The seventh edition of the Hublot PalmaVela will be sailed from the Real Club Náutico of Palma de Mallorca starting on 15 April. Maxis and TP 52 will be in charge of raising the curtain on the regatta at 12:00 hours The TP 52 class will also have their acid test tomorrow, after undergoing the new rule's modifications for the 2010 season.... [more]
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New York to Barcelona - Deliverance and decisions
The two IMOCA Open 60's pass into their second week of the New York to Barcelona Transoceanic Record Sailing Challenge battling with the toughest conditions of the passage so far.... [more]
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New York Barcelona Challenge - Estrella Damm still leading W Hotel
W Hotels continues to be successful at eating small, hard won miles from the lead of Estrella Damm and on the stretch for home to Barcelona, may provide Pachi Rivero, Toño Piris and Peter Becker with a tactical opportunity or a chance to use their strengths in light to moderate airs to nail victory in the first New York to Barcelona record challenge.... [more]
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42nd Semaine Olympique Française Hyères – 1012 registered sailors
Agence Effets Mer,
The 42nd Semaine Olympique Française Hyères (SOF) will begin on the 24th of April in Hyeres, and organisers are ready to welcome the 1012 sailors that have registered. The sailors, from no less than 58 different countries, will be taking part in the fourth leg of the Sailing World Cup, which will run until the 30th of April.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week – Great racing and excellent weather!
IRC Events,
Charleston pulled out all the stops and provided great racing and some of the best racing weather you could expect with three days of breeze, temperatures in the mid teens and bright sunshine all weekend long. And this year the event boosted their first IRC class with great boats and racing!... [more]
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British Virgin Islands regatta - Oysters shine on opening
Barry Pickthall,
Two crews, Mariusz Koper's Polish Oyster 72 'Kathlarsis II' and John McTigue's Oyster 56 'Blue Dreams' produced masterclass performances to lead their classes from start to finish in a 24 mile opening Lewmar sponsored race in this year's Oyster BVI regatta from Nanny Cay to Cane Garden Bay on Tuesday.... [more]
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Announcing Transatlantic Race and Atlantic Ocean Racing Series 2011
Michael Levitt,
The new Transatlantic Race 2011 and the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series 2011 were announced by the organizers the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club. Next summer's Transatlantic is from Newport, RI to the Lizard, west of Plymouth, England and is for Racing, Racing/Cruising and Classic monohull yachts with a minimum length overall of 40 feet.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Stage one racing round-up
Carol Wong,
Stage one of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is celebrated as a spectacular success after Match Race France, 6 – 11 April 2010 drew to a close on Sunday. The exciting duel between Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team, and Ben Ainslie (GBR), Teamorigin, in the finale which had spectators on the edge of their seats... [more]
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New York Barcelona Transoceanic Challenge - Love and war inAtlanic
NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record Media Centre,
Estrella Damm still has the upper hand, leading by around 20 miles, as the two IMOCA Open 60's fetch towards the next turn on the south west side of the low pressure system they are sailing towards.... [more]
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Kiteboarders legal battles continue -KPWT loses court case against IKA
The International Kiteboarding Association,
The hearing took place on the first of March, 2010 at the 12th Civil Division District Court of Darmstadt, Germany. A decision was then published on the 30th of March, 2010.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - UK venue confirmed for 2010
OC Events,
One of Europe's most iconic sailing venues will welcome back the Extreme Sailing Series this summer for the second leg of the five-event circuit.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Volvo Ocean Race beckons America's Cup teams
Richard Gladwell,
Today's joint announcement, in New Zealand and Spain, is maybe the first of several from established America's Cup teams entering the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. Two things have caused substantial America's Cup teams to jump the Volvo fence.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ join Camper for the Volvo Ocean Race
Emirates Team NZ,
Camper, the Spanish-based international footwear manufacturer, announced today that it will compete in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011-12. The campaign will be run by Emirates Team New Zealand. The yacht will be called Camper and will carry the burgees of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the Real Club Náutico de Palma.... [more]
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Barcelona IMOCA Open 60's - High speeds, high stress, high stakes
If any small measure or additional motivation was required for the two teams on the Barcelona IMOCA Open 60's, it was injected early this morning... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ Volvo Ocean race media conference - Full Audio
Richard Gladwell,
Full, unedited audio from this morning's media conference staged by Emirates Team NZ at their base in Auckland. Includes details of the operational side of the Volvo Ocean Race entry under the Camper sponsorship. Who they are considering and have missed out on for crew. Designer conformed as Botin, on an exclusive basis. Thoughts on Alinghi also entering the Volvo Ocean Race and more... [more]
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Audi Med Cup - Lining up off Valencia
Audi Medcup Circuit,
The 2008 Audi MedCup champions Quantum Racing (USA), pairing up with one of this year's hot debutant teams Luna Rossa (ITA) who are due to race at the first regatta of the season, the Portugal Trophy in Cascais (May 11-16), are currently training off Valencia in perfect conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup team confirmed as entry in Volvo Ocean Race +Video
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Camper, the Spanish-based inter-national footwear brand, announced today that it will compete in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011-12. The campaign will be run by Emirates Team New Zealand. The yacht will be called Camper and will carry the burgees of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the Real Club Náutico de Palma. Features video from the announcement in Plama and also TVNZ's Dalton interview... [more]
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Beaufort Scale - wind and sea conditions
Nancy Knudsen,
' there we were in a Force 8..' 'A what?' '..a Force 8, and the winch jammed...' 'What's a Force 8 mate?' 'It's a bloody big wind - where do you come from?' 'Australia.' 'I see old chap - that explains it. Now can I get on with my story?'... [more]
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Voiles de Saint-Barth 2010 - We'll be back!
Mer & Média Agency,
François Tolède, Luc Poupon, and all of the team behind the organisation of the Voiles de Saint-Barth, knew that it would be something of a challenge to convince yachtsmen and racers from around the world to include this race in the West Indies on their race calendar.... [more]
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Match Race France ISAF World Match Racing Tour Stage 1 Final results
WMRT- amended by,
Match Race France, Stage 1 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) full results. The beach based prize giving closes Stage 1 of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour and leads us into the nine remaining Stages around the globe. Stage 2 of the WMRT will be run in Langenargen, Germany 19 – 24 May where Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team will again be racing.... [more]
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Jean-Louis Etienne Recovered By His Team
Mer et Media,
On Sunday morning in Siberia (around midnight back in Western Europe), the Generali Arctic Observer team met up with Jean-Louis Etienne and his balloon in the middle of Sakha in central Russia.... [more]
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Matchrace France - Finals Days -Live coverage World Match Race Tour,
Today we bring your Mark Chisnell's blow by blow coverage of the semi-finals and finals of the Match Race France, the first round of the 2010 World Match Race Tour. Racing is underway early. Ben Ainslie has chosen Paolo Cian as his opponent, they will be the first race, followed by Mathieu Richard and Francesco Bruni.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week 2010 - Images from Day 2, big blow, fast racing,
Day 2 of the Charleston Race Week 2010 was much the same as Day 1, it blew 25 knots , big swells and fast racing, here are just a few of the images from Day 2.... [more]
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Voiles de Saint-Barth 2010: The climax of the event
SeaClear Communications,
As soon as the start procedures got underway, a huge tropical squall meant that the race area and the crews were drenched. A few minutes later, the skies brightened and as is often the case it suddenly went flat calm in the entrance to Gustavia harbour and on the start line.... [more]
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New York - Barcelona Sailing Record - Day 3 and still at maximum power
NY-BCN Sailing Record,
407 miles south of St Pierre, Newfoundland the two Open 60's Estrella Damm and W-Hotels are still fast reaching, racing to stay ahead of the weather front.... [more]
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ISAF Match Racing World Champion knocked out of Match Race France
WMRT media,
Today's final results were a surprise to the competitors and WMRT fans, the first round of matches did not divulge any secrets on future scores. For the majority of the day, four matches stood with a score of 2-1 when it was still very much anyone's series to be won.... [more]
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Voiles de Saint-Barth 2010 - Interview with Ken Read
Mer et Media,
George David's big Reichel Pugh-designed boat is one of the stars of the Voiles de Saint-Barth.... [more]
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Matchrace France - Quarter Finals -Live coverage World Match Race Tour,
Today we bring your Mark Chisnell's blow by blow coverage of the quarter finals of the Match Race France, the first round of the 2010 World Match Race Tour.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta voted 'Asian Regatta Of The Year'
Event Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Asia's largest keel boat regatta, was recently announced 'Asian Regatta Of The Year' at the inaugural Asia Marine & Boating Awards, held in Shanghai, China.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week 2010 - Big breeze, gear failure and tired crews
South Carolina Maritime Foundation,
Chilly temperatures greeted a record fleet of racing sailboats this morning for the first day of 2010 Charleston Race Week. Over 185 boats braved 55 degree-morning temperatures today as they sailed to the race course, but their reward was a surprise 20-knot breeze that made racing today 'a serious adrenalin rush' as Melges 20 competitor Peter Crawford put it.... [more]
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Charleston Race Week 2010 - Day 1 images when the big breeze kicked in,
Charleston Race Week 2010 - Day 1 - it blew a big breeze and the adrenaline kicked and left bruised bodies and broken gear all over the fleet. Here is a small selection of images of the action.... [more]
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Sailling boat knockdown caught on Video - this could happen to you
Kym Pasqualini,
The founder of The Sail Through Cancer Foundation, Dick Drechsler, accompanied by his wife, Sharon, battled serious waves that nearly turned their Catalina 470 sailboat upside down while crossing an extremely shallow bar to get into the estuary of San Blas, on the western coast of Mexico.... [more]
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Voiles de Saint-Barth 2010: A third day with lively conditions
SeaClear Communications,
'Whatever you do, don't change anything. It's perfect!' The American, Ken Read, tactician on board the maxi Rambler delighted to be the skipper in the Puma Ocean Racing project in the next Volvo Ocean Race, heaped praise on the Voiles de Saint-Barth, at the end of the third day of racing. A day marked once again by the presence of sunshine, a strong breeze and some wonderfully choppy seas.... [more]
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New York Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record - Sailing fast
NY-BCN Sailing Record Event,
After leaving New York's Ambrose Light at a little after 1430hrs (NY Time) yesterday afternoon in warm, summer-like sunshine the two Barcelona IMOCA Open 60s Estrella Damm and W-Hotelshave had a fast first night at sea, making rapid speeds towards Barcelona. Both boats have logged 300 miles in the last 18 hours... [more]
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The 28th Edition of the Lake Garda meeting comes to an end
Elena Giolai,
Welcome to Riva Del Garda and the 28th edition of Optimist Youth Regatta. This is a Guinness world record holding event, being the most numerous Youth Optimist Regatta in the world.... [more]
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Inaugural Asian Marine & Boating Awards at CIBS
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The AMB Awards were described by the organisers as 'designed to be a thank you to all our loyal exhibitors, and an attempt to set a new standard for recognizing excellence in the ever-growing marine industry in China'. With a panel of judges drawn from local and international marine, boating and lifestyle media, and marine industry professionals, awards were made in 14 categories.... [more]
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Jean-Louis Etienne touched down in Siberia this morning
Mer et Media,
It was at 0540 hrs (GMT) this morning (Saturday) that the Generali Arctic Observer expedition balloon touched down in the middle of Siberia, 280 kilometres north of the Russian town of Batagai. Jean-Louis Etienne is in good shape.... [more]
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Do or Die!! – Blow by Blow coverage from ISAF World Match Racing Tour,
Today we bring your Mark Chisnell's blow by blow coverage of Match Race France, the first round of the 2010 World Match Race Tour. It's the final flights of the Round Robin - Ben Ainslie and his TeamOrigin along with Torvar Mirsky and his MRT Racing look like they are in cruise control. But at the bottom of the leader board are a couple of the biggest names. It's Do or Die for Peter Gilmour and h... [more]
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Voiles de Saint-Barth 2010 - Day 2 and the trade winds blew in
SeaClear Communications,
They wanted it and they got it! Trade winds above 20 knots over the 35 miles of the race course. The sea was whipped up by the powerful trade wind into a choppy mess, and as they approached Coco Island and the Soube Rocks, the waves built to reach almost three metres in some places.... [more]
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The New York - Barcelona record begins, 3,750 nautical miles to go
New York - Barcelona Event,
The boats left North Cove Marina at 11:00 local time and headed to Ambrose Light, where the New York - Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record began at 14:33h. It is expected to establish the first sailing record between both cities within 14 to 16 days... [more]
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Puma enters Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Volvo Ocean Race Press Office,
Puma announced today that it will participate in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 after finishing second overall in the 2008-09 race, which ended in June 2009. The PUMA Ocean Racing team will once again be under the leadership of skipper Ken Read.... [more]
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